Every dog, like every human, can react to medication and treatments in different ways. The information below is educational, but it is not meant to substitute the advice of your veterinarian. Consult with your dog’s veterinarian before starting any new treatments.
Approximately 63.4 million households in the United States own dogs. They outnumber cat households, as well as every other category put together, including fishes, birds, reptiles, and horses. In the beginnings of the Covid-19 pandemic, analysts predicted that the United States would see a baby boom. The baby boom did not happen. Instead, Americans adopted more dogs.
For kids, dogs can be a first big responsibility and a furry best friend. For adults, they can be a running buddy and a companion in good times and bad. For people with disabilities, they can also be a vital helper in everyday tasks. They are members of the family, and their health and well-being are important.
A few of the most common health issues for dogs as they get older are arthritis and pain relief. Some breeds at a heightened risk for arthritis are also popular breeds, like poodles, Shetland sheep dogs (also known as Collies), Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and pugs. Greyhounds also have a tendency toward arthritis, and there is a high number of rescued greyhounds who were used in racing until they were no longer physically capable. Families adopting these popular breeds do not always know about these potential health problems. When the dog later has pain and decreased mobility, the owner loses out on good years with a beloved pet, and the dog loses out on the joys of being a dog.
There is not much in published research or studies about CBD and dogs, but some dog owners – in consultation with their veterinarian – have used CBD oil for treating arthritis, anxiety, seizures, and pain relief. Dr. Jerry Klein, who is the Chief Veterinary Officer of The American Kennel Club, CBD has “anti-inflammatory properties, cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects, appetite stimulation, [and] anti-anxiety impact.” There is also an on-going study, sponsored by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, that is examining the effects of CBD in treating canine epilepsy, a serious health issue for dogs.
Also, it might sound silly to say that some dogs have anxiety, but due to their sensitive hearing, anxiety can be triggered by thunder, fireworks, or other loud noises. It is almost a cliché for some breeds, like anyone who has ever encountered a shaky chihuahua. Anxiety in dogs can lead to a whole slew of problems, including the dog breaking through windows, destroying kennels, or running away.
CBD oil’s side effects for dogs are relatively mild, including dry mouth, lowered blood pressure, and drowsiness. The lowered blood pressure could also cause the dog to feel light-headed, so it is vital to check with the dog’s veterinarian first. They can determine if CBD oil could be helpful for the dog’s symptoms and also recommend a dosage. A dog will need a different dosage from a human, and a bichon frise will need a different dosage than a Doberman. The American Kennel Club also suggests looking for organic CBD oil and requesting a product analysis and breakdown. No coincidence, our CBD oil is organic, and the lab reports are available directly on our website. Our 250mg tincture can be a good starting point with a low dosage, like 1/4 ml. Anecdotally, dogs with seizures also benefited from higher doses, but again, it is important to consult with your veterinarian before starting any new treatments.
Readers, we want to hear from you! Does your dog struggle with arthritis or anxiety, and have you tried CBD oil for your dog? Leave a comment below, and let us know what you think, even if you’re a cat person!